Events at Elmhurst Art Museum

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2012 Solo Show

150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Reception: May 18, 7 - 9 pm
Museum Hours: Tu, We, Th & Sa, 10-5 Friday 10-8

In the midst of the western suburbs - art flourishes. Mirjana Urskelsku, an unassuming Westmont resident, held a one-person show at the Elmhurst Art Museum on Friday night, celebrating a 4 week exhibit of charcoal sketches, water colors, pastels, and passion. Spanning over two decades of work, Mirjana's introspection gives the viewer a peek inside a timeless village home near the capital city of Belgrade, Serbia; to a river bank in her small town in Bosnia, to strong, blue impressions of the landscape near her home in the western suburbs. All reflect a life lived beyond calendar years; a deep interpretation of war, of loss; of life and of hope. There is something for everyone in her work. From the colorful acrylic collection of beautiful florals she captured on a retreat to Sanibel Island, Florida, to stark charcoals of a timeless life in her home country, each stroke of her work reflects an intensely lived life.

A mother of two young children, there is nothing in Mirjana's work that is not deeply authentic. Her work, her life, and her heart reflect a resilient, vulnerability. Guests at this opening evening were as diverse and unique as her art. From friends who root back to her mother's small village in Bosnia, to new friends like the Artistic Director of Paramount Arts Center in Aurora, to family and neighbors, to newcomers, curious about her unique perspective; the evening felt more like a global family reunion, than a gallery opening. Wine, refreshments, children, and a body of beautiful work was celebrated on this warm evening in May.

"I am deeply impressed by the range and intensity of her work, especially knowing her as a mother and a friend," observed Janna Cosby, from Hinsdale, Illinois. "She's small in size yet her work expresses passion, and intensity, larger than life."

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2011–12 Winter Members Show

150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Reception: December 16, 7 - 9 pm
Museum Hours: Tu, We, Th & Sa, 10-5, Friday 10-8

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2011 Summer Members Show

150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Reception: Friday July 1, 7-9pm
Museum Hours: Tu, We, Th & Sa, 10-5, Friday 10-8

Honorable Mention: Mirjana Ursulesku, Untitled drawing, charcoal (click to view): I enjoyed here the gestural line quality, particularly in the upper branches of the tree. The personality and hand of the artist is evident in the way the drawing is handled, with a directness of approach, not trying to attempt subtle realism, but instead expression. The handling of charcoal as a drawing tool is masterful here, and shows great spontaneity. Again, the viewer is in the darker area, and must see beyond this to the lighter area. Here, the darkness of the tree trunks detracts and flattens the work due to strong value contrast.

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2010 Summer Members Show

150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Reception:June 11, 7–9pm
Museum Hours: Tu, We, Th & Sa, 10-5, Friday 10-8

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2010 Winter Members Show

150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Museum Hours: Tu, We, Th & Sa, 10-5, Friday 10-8

Honorable Mention: Blue Grass
Each line has direct purpose, inviting the viewer to step in and become part of the wonderful movement created. Calmness in the background seems to be carefully chosen. The uniqueness and simple beauty speaks strongly

2010 Spring Members Show

150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Reception:Friday, March 12th, 7–9pm
Museum Hours: Tu, We, Th & Sa, 10-5, Friday 10-8